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Interstate Batteries to sponsor classic speedster reunion and race

May 21st, 2010 by

Duesy2The Duesenberg was once the fastest automobile in the world. The early 20th century car was also the ultimate American classic in style and performance. On Labor Day weekend this year, Interstate Batteries is providing enthusiasts the opportunity to experience those Duesenberg qualities at the inaugural Ab Jenkins Memorial Duesenberg Exhibition of Speed & Stinson Fly-in on Friday, September 3.

The event is part of opening day activities at the 55th Annual Interstate Batteries Auburn Cord Duesenberg Reunion in Auburn, Ind. Simply referred to as “The Reunion,” the weekend event is a national festival attracting collectors dedicated to the restoration and preservation of Auburn, Cord, and Duesenberg automobiles. For the first time ever at The Reunion, Duesenbergs will line up to race!

The Ab Jenkins Memorial Duesenberg Exhibition of Speed & Stinson Fly-in presented by Interstate Batteries begins at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 3, on the runway at nearby Kendallville (Ind.) Airport. Prior to the Duesenbergs speeding side-by-side down the runway, a special fly-in of vintage Stinson aircraft is scheduled to kick off the race.

“Interstate Batteries is proud to showcase these beautiful Duesenbergs and pay tribute to one of the great pioneers in auto design and racing,” Interstate Batteries Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Dennis Brown said. “This exhibition of speed and special vintage airplane fly-in will be one of the highlight events of The Reunion, and Interstate Batteries is excited to be a part of this entertaining weekend.”

The namesake of the Ab Jenkins Memorial Duesenberg Exhibition of Speed & Stinson Fly-in, Ab Jenkins, established numerous speed records in a Duesenberg at the famed Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. In addition, Jenkins worked with brothers Fred and Augie Duesenberg on the design of many of the Duesenberg models.

The Ab Jenkins Memorial Duesenberg Exhibition of Speed & Stinson Fly-in is a national stage for collectors to experience the famed automobile’s specifications, coachwork, performance – and speed! Spectators can see the cars parade with a police escort prior to the races in the 18-mile Duesenberg Cavalcade from the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum in Auburn to the Kendallville airport.

“The Reunion is the most prestigious event for collectors of these magnificent automobiles and annually attracts thousands of participants and spectators from all across America,” Brown said. “This is a great opportunity for Interstate Batteries to support one of the iconic brands in American automobile history.”

Interstate Batteries is also presenting a special display of Duesenbergs during The Reunion. A year ago, the Interstate Batteries Special Exhibition featured Mason & Maytag motorcars and was a spectator favorite. The 2010 exhibit spotlights the automobiles powered by the Duesenberg “walking beam” racing engines fitted in an extraordinary rare passenger car.

(Photo courtesy of John Baeke,

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